October 5, 2014

31 Days of Creepy Scenes, #27: The Perils of Babysitting #31DaysofHorror

They've given us nightmares, given us chills, made us cringe, made us laugh, made us gag, and made us stare at the screen in awe: these are the scenes that pop into our minds when we think of great Horror Films, and we love them all.

*We recommend that if you've never seen these scenes before, that you experience them for the first time unspoiled in the movies that they come from, if you can. With that in mind, we'll try to be as spoiler-free as possible while discussing them; try, being the key word here. 

When a Stranger Calls may contain the best beginning and ending to a Horror movie ever. The phrase "Have you checked the children?" still lingers in the halls of Horror legend, and I dare you to watch that scene and not poop/pee or poop+pee yourself (figuratively, of course.)

Between this movie and Halloween, I'm surprised that anyone could find a babysitter in the late 70's and early 80's; if I had been a 15-year-old girl back then, I would have never babysat again.

The classic scene we're referring to involves a babysitter named Jill who begins to get prank phone calls asking her "Have you checked the children?" After a while, when she still hasn't gone to check the children, the prankster calls back and asks her "Why haven't you checked the children?" At this point, Jill calls the Cops and they're all like "run bitch, he's in the house!" and then we cry into our pillows, telling ourselves that it's only a movie.

This scene still freaks us out to this day, and we've seen it countless times.

*Come to think of it, the killer had a pretty good point: why didn't Jill check the children? I mean, the house was pretty big, dark, and creepy, but with all of those calls, wouldn't you think she'd check on the kids at least once? Turns out she's pretty shitty babysitter, but a rather keen survivalist. Good for her.


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